Archive of 2005

Tory leadership ballots close

The ballots for the Conservative party leadership close today, with David Cameron set to beat rival David Davis by as much as two votes to one.


    Brown backtracks over economic forecasts

    Gordon Brown has today been forced to downgrade his economic growth predictions as he made his pre-Budget statement to the House of Commons.


    Straw to outline EU budget proposals

    Foreign secretary Jack Straw is today expected to put forward its proposals for European Union budget reform ahead of a crunch meeting of member states in a fortnight's time.

  • Organisations are hoping Gordon Brown will address their pre-Budget requests

    Pre-Budget report submissions

    Organisations are hoping for action on everything from public spending to child poverty in the chancellor's pre-Budget report. brings you a selection.


    Rice rejects use of torture

    Condoleezza Rice has rejected outright allegations that the US is using European airports to transport terror suspects to countries where they might face torture.


    Britain 'must pay fair share' in EU

    Tony Blair has maintained he will not give up Britain's controversial EU rebate without "fundamental" reform of the common agricultural policy (Cap).


    Results in primary schools rise

    Primary schools have scored their best results ever in English and mathematics, according to official figures released today.


    Stem cell research gets £50m boost

    A further £50 million will be made available for stem cell research into illnesses for which there is currently no cure, the government announced today.

  • Hospitals facing £620 million deficit this financial year

    Hit squads to tackle £620m NHS debt

    NHS trusts will be facing a deficit of about £620 million by the end of the financial year, health secretary Patricia Hewitt has admitted.

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